Private Fostering

A privately fostered child is a child under 16 (or 18 if Disabled) who is cared for by an adult who is not a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, step parent (including civil partnerships), sister or brother where the child is to be cared for in that person’s home for 28 days or more.

A child who is in Care or placed in any residential home, hospital or school (where they are receiving full-time education) is excluded from the definition. In a private fostering arrangement, the parent retains Parental Responsibility.

However, Children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school, become privately fostered children for the purposes of the legislation during that holiday period.

 

Useful links

www.childline.org.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk

paceuk.info/about-cse/

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-is-county-lines